Recent current events have left a lot of people in despair and feelings of hopelessness. Art is not only useful as a therapeutic tool, as a means for expression and transformation, but it can also be used to impact communities, both large and small. It therefore can be empowering both on a personal and social scale. Are you interested in creating pieces that can help heal a community that you are connected to or even inspire activism? If so, this workshop will be a great introduction for you into exploring more deeply how to use your art to both process recent events and to make a difference in your world.
In this workshop, you will:
- Gain a break-down of the therapeutic and communal functions of art, exploring which functions you already serve and/or which functions you could potential serve
- See inspiring examples of artists using their work for personal and community healing as well as activism
Instructor : Dannie Snyder
Dannie Snyder is a filmmaker, theatre practitioner, spoken word artist, percussionist, activist. She has produced, written, directed, shot, acted, drummed, traveled around the world, and lived abroad. She has taught visual & performing arts classes for all ages as well as professional development classes for all types of artists, primarily through the Artist Relief Project, an initiative by Artly World. She has fought for social and political change for a variety of causes, including access to medicine, improving our public education system, sustainable funding for the arts, and much more. Check out her book ARTIVISM OF RETURNING CITIZENS: Artist Activists of the Nation’s Capital Impacting the Prison Abolition Movement and other publications, as well as her films, stage productions, bands, and more on her website DannieSnyder.com. She holds a Master’s from the University of Munich in American Studies and two Bachelor’s from George Mason University in Film & Video Studies and Theatre Studies with a Minor in Music. She is always learning, experimenting, trying, failing, growing, and sharing the theories and methodologies behind her work, ranging from Theatre of the Oppressed to intersectional feminism. For example, she is the co-host of the informative podcast on artivism called Re – Flect / Calibrate. As an interdisciplinary artivist, her aim is to foster dialogues and foster communities, to humbly serve as an artist matchmaker, fostering devised experimental collaborations between artists of every background. She is always creating and everything she does is creative, such as producing music videos and doing one-woman shows at conferences around the world. But her work focuses mostly on uplifting the voices of BIPOC and LGBTQ2+ artists, decentering whiteness and straight/cisgender stories.
with Education Access Program Discounts Underwritten by